The most beautiful of all Himalayan flowers, the blue Primula can be seen blooming in thousands in the valley. The best time to see the valley in full bloom is from mid-July to mid-August. To reach the valley one has to trek from Govind Ghat, on the route to Hemkund Sahib, up to Ghangaria, 12 km ahead. Few furlongs ahead of Ghangaria the trek route to the valley takes a detour towards left. The valley is about 5 km from Ghangaria. The high altitude serine lake, known as Hemkund ( 4329 mts.) lies in heavenly environs. A steep trek from Ghangharia leads one to this spot in about four to six hours. It is an important pilgrimage for both Hindus and Sikhs, as well as for people from other faiths. There is a Sikh Gurudwara and a Lakshman temple built on the bank of the lake. Encircled by seven snow-clad peaks and their associated glaciers, it reflects its surroundings enchantingly on its crystal clear serene waters. The glaciers from Hathi Parvat and Saptrishi peaks feed the lake and a small stream called Himganga flows out of this lake. As alluded to, in the holy Granth Sahib, Guru Govind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikh faith had meditated on the bank of this lake in one of his earlier births. It is widely believed among Sikhs that Guru Govind Singh introduced the features now universally associated with Sikhism. On 15th April 1699, he started the new brotherhood called the Khalsa (meaning the pure, from the Persian word Khales) an inner core of the faithful, accepted by baptism (Amrit). The five K date from this period: kesh (uncut hair) kangha (comb), kirpan (dagger or short sword), Kara (steel bangle), and kachh (boxer shorts).
After having your breakfast at Govindghat well be heading to Pulna which is only 4 km away from where the trek begins and ponies and porters for the trek ahead are arranged here. The trek beyond Pulna is along the river-Laxman Ganga and between the green rocky mountains occasionally peep majestic snow-clad peaks from the side of the valley. This trekking trail is full of sights of waterfalls and cold water streams. After crossing Iron bridge the trail becomes steeper and harder but all will be forgotten as one imbibes the vision of beauty and divinity that spreads around you.
Ghangaria is a base camp for both Hemkund Sahib and Valley of Flowers. Today youll be visiting Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara which is the worlds highest Gurudwara, situated at an altitude of 4,329 mt. We will be visiting the Gurudwara and coming back to Ghangaria. The estimated time both ways is 9-10 hours. Its important to carry sufficient water on the trail. There is a steep ascent for 4 hours to reach Hemkund Sahib which will require some efforts to push your body. Well start the day early in the morning so that we are able to make it back on time, keeping in mind if the weather plays a spoilsport. Two hours into the trek, once you are higher than the tree line, youll get a panoramic view of the mountain range that surrounds this beautiful trek. You will also come across a melting glacier which has been frozen for a while now. Its crucial that you maintain a standard speed while walking, going too fast will affect your breathing as you gain higher altitude. After reaching the Hemkund Sahib Gurudwara, youll be able to spot the lake that which lies behind it which is frozen for almost half the year. Hot chai and Khichadi is served at the Gurudwara which will re-energize your senses. Indulge in harmony that surrounds this place which has such positive vibes. Youll also be able to spot Brahma Kamal that grows at such high altitudes. After clicking pictures and well be heading down to Ghangria which is a 4-5 hour walk.
Well be starting at 6 in the morning. Packed lunch will be carried along. After buying the tickets, well be walking inside the gate that leads us to Valley of Flowers trail. Walking for an hour or so youll be amazed to see tall rocky mountains staring at you from a distance. You will also spot a scenic bridge across a stream which makes a beautiful setting. Colourful flowers here and there with thin patches of snow make it a sight to behold. After a couple of hours, you will be thrilled by the beauty which surrounds you on the trail, welcoming you is a carpet of green, yellow, red and blue flowers. With the sun shining above, it makes the entire valley glow like paradise. Indeed, the valley is a dreamland for a flower lover. Various species of flowers surround you from all four sides and youll be treated with a mesmerizing scent that is let out, covering the valley for more than 5kms. The flowers that youll come across are Himalayan Rose, Blue Poppy, Hooked Stick Seed, River Anemone and many more. Youll be taken aback after witnessing so much beauty around you that that valley has to offer.
After the overnight stay at Ghangria, well be heading back to Govindghat, the expected arrival time is 2 PM. If you want to visit Badrinath temple then make plan based on road and weather condition. Furthermore, Share/Private cabs are easily available for Badrinath Temple it is 25 km away and took 1 hrs to reach but you must know that Govindghat-Badrinath route is quite sensitive in the rainy season and often get closed for hrs or days.
After having your morning tea/coffee you can leave for your next destination. We advise you to keep one buffer day in your itinerary so that you can avoid missing train or flight if you get delayed in your way back due to any reason.
|Back pack & rain cover||(50 - 60 ltr) with comfortable shoulder straps|
|Day pack + rain cover||20 - 30 ltr (If hire a mule or porter)|
|Walking stick||Advisable (At least one)|
|Head torch||1 Nos.|
|Water bottle/Hydration pack||2 bottles of one litre each|
|People who use hydration pack|
|1 hydration pack and 1 bottle of one liter|
|Carry at least one thermos flask|
|Snacks||Energy bars, dry fruits, electral/ors|
|Personal Medical Kit||Consult your doctor|
|Be comfy at the Valley of Flowers|
|T-shirts||2 Full sleeves (Non-cotton)|
|Fleece T-shirts||1 Nos.|
|Fleece jacket||1 Nos. (Alternative: a woollen sweater)|
|Down feather / Hollofil jacket||1 Nos.|
|Wind & waterproof (jacket & pant)||1 Pair|
|Thermal inners (upper and lower)||1 Pair|
|Trek pants||2 Synthetic (avoid shorts, fitting denims, capris)|
|Think about your head|
|Sun cap||1 Nos. (One that covers the neck as well)|
|Woolen cap||1 Nos.|
|Sunglasses||Dark with side cover, it should be U/V protected.|
|People who wear spectacles-|
|(A)- Use contact lenses. (Not for Chadar trek)|
|(B)- Photo chromatic glasses.|
|Mind your step|
|Trekking shoes||1 Pair (Waterproof, high ankle with good grip)|
|Floaters/flip-flops||1 Pair (Optional)|
|Cotton socks||5 pairs|
|Woollen socks||3 pairs|
|Gaiters||1 Pair (The Crazy Mountaineers team will notify you if required)|
|Keep these handy|
|Waterproof gloves||1 Pair|
|Fleece/woollen gloves||1 Pair|
|Sunscreen cream||Hand sanitizer|
|Toilet Paper & wipes||Toothbrush and toothpaste|
|Lip balm||Quick dry towe|
Cancellations prior to 24 days from the start of the trek
Book any other trek till one year or get 95% refund (Note: If the trek charges are more, the balance needs to be paid by the trekker)
Cancellation between 24 days and 14 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go for the same trek, with any other batch, till year or get 70% refund
Cancellation between 14 days and 10 days to the start of the trek
Choose to go on the same trek, in the same season, with any other batch or get 50% refund.
Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.